The unemployment rate in Thunder Bay is being reported as lower than the provincial and national average. However, in talking with people from all walks of life we still have too many people who cannot get the job for which they trained for. This is not unique to us and the challenge seems to be the matching of jobs to skills.
As someone who has already experienced 8 career changes during my working life, I understand the uncertainty of today’s work environment. Many unemployed people have lost their jobs due to restructuring and downsizing. Retraining is not always an option, and even when it is, the jobs are just not there.
While it may seem that job creation is not within the realm of responsibility of a municipal government, a Mayor and Council can do a lot to create a climate that will encourage investments and lead to jobs and prosperity.
My involvement as a volunteer Director of the North Superior Workforce Planning Board www.nswpb.ca has provided me with excellent insights and experience in the changing nature of the workforce. Such community partnerships have already helped create better prospects for jobs and employment across all sectors of our local economy.
The “About Frank” and ” Videos” pages of this web site provide an additional example of such experience and initiatives aimed at helping people who are facing difficulties in the workforce.